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Running a business in the hair and beauty industry can be daunting, and you may be unsure how to start managing health and safety in your workplace.
Habia is the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spa. Habia creates the codes of practice in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other bodies.
You should review the treatments that you offer in your business and build a comprehensive list of hazards that will allow you to implement suitable control measures, to protect both your employees and your customers.
The application of artificial finger nails is an hazardous activity that carries numerous health and safety risks including chemical exposure, dust exposure, infectious diseases and musculoskeletal disorders.
The PDF documents found in the documents section will help you control the health and safety hazards in your business.
Fish pedicures involve the use of living fish. Therefore, conventional methods of sterilisation and disinfection of water and equipment are not applicable because they would kill the fish.
This has led to concerns about the potential transmission of infection and, in addition, the welfare of fish.
The downloadable guidance booklet found in the documents section of this page contains information to prevent the spread of infection to, and between, persons using the fish spa.
Up to 70% of hairdressers suffer some form of skin damage. Hairdressers are 17 times more likely to develop dermatitis than any other group of workers.
Dermatitis is caused by contact with chemicals present in hairdressing products and prolonged contact with water.
Dermatitis is preventable - encourage your hairdressers to care for their hands by wearing non-latex gloves, drying hands thoroughly and using moisturiser regularly.
You can find more information on how to prevent dermatitis in the download section.
The downloadable information found in the documents section of this page will help anyone who provides Laser or Intense Pulse Light treatments to control the hazards associated with this activity.
The code of practice has been created by Habia, the government approved standards-setting body for hair and beauty.
The document named 'safe use of lasers, IPL and LED's in medical, surgical and dental practises', contains many good control measures. We would expect to see these in an establishment (beauty salons, tattoo studios) using lasers or IPL.
Spray tanning is the process by which tanning solution is sprayed in a fine mist onto the skin using a lightweight, high volume low-pressure spray gun. Following the application, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) in the spray-tanning product reacts with amino acids in the dead cells layer on the skin surface to produce a brown colour change.
Spray tanning is a safer alternative to ultra violet tanning equipment such as sunbeds. However they are health and safety risks associated with spray tanning including allergies, manual handling, respiration and legionella.
The downloadable fact sheet found in the documents section of this page will help you to identify and control the risks associated with this activity.
The information found in the documents section of this page will help anyone who provides waxing treatments to control the hazards associated with this activity. This includes infectious diseases and chemical exposure.
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